Seems like only yesterday that Dr. Leana Wen was named Planned Parenthood’s new president, and it kind of was. Just under 44 weeks ago, to be precise.

Wen assumed the roll of president on September 12, 2018. Today she tweeted that she had been fired.

She later released the following statement:

The Huffington Post has the inside gossip:

A person familiar with the situation told HuffPost that the real issue was that, under Wen, morale was low and “the organization was bleeding staff.”

“This had everything to do with her management style and challenges with her leadership,” the source said, requesting anonymity to speak freely. “Everything from creating a culture of mistrust among staff, having a very insular communication style. Only wanting to talk and communicate with a small number of people she brought in. Not wanting to work with existing experts.”

The source added that Planned Parenthood connected her with a leadership coach to work on her skills, but the board unanimously decided to let her go after the issues could not be resolved.

In February, BuzzFeed reported that two top employees were leaving Planned Parenthood. And staffers were reportedly taken aback by a 182-page handbook that Wen’s team brought to the organization about how to staff the new president. The “Special Assistant Guide” from the Baltimore City Health Department had tips for office demeanor (“Make sure to frequently look up [from Twitter] and make eye contact with Dr. Wen to see if she is trying to communicate urgent information”) and language use (“Dr. Wen ‘learns’ not ‘hears’”).

Wen has said some nutty things during her short tenure. A small sampling:

Just this Sunday, Wen attacked crisis pregnancy centers:

A few weeks ago, Wen attempted to attack so-called heart beat legislation in Alabama, Missouri, and Georgia by attempting to link pro-life laws to… cervical cancer and syphilis?

Getting rid of one pro-abortion extremist doesn’t mean the pro-life movement can rest on their laurels.

Students for Life of America President Kristan Hawkins said: “The musical chairs at the top of the nation’s number one abortion vendor will not change the pro-life commitment to confronting them in court, in the legislatures and on the campaign trail. Women don’t need what Planned Parenthood is selling. Pregnancy is not a disease cured by abortion, and with federally qualified health centers standing by to offer true, full-service healthcare, women have lots of options that don’t include abortion.”

 
 
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